It is important for patients of all ages to maintain their oral health and hygiene at home and in the dental office with routine visits. Dr. Leah Romay takes a comprehensive approach to caring for her patients at Baltimore Dental Co. She believes that good oral health reflects on your overall health. Learn more about maintaining your oral health to prevent dental concerns down the road.
Oral Health Tips
Brush and Floss Daily
Brushing removes leftover food particles that feed the bacteria that can cause cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. In addition, brushing your tongue can combat halitosis or bad breath. Flossing removes plaque from places that a toothbrush alone can’t reach, including between teeth.
Limit Your Sugar Intake
Sugar contributes to tooth decay because it feeds the bacteria that live in our mouths. These mostly harmless bacteria feed off of the leftover food particles on the teeth. Food that contains high sugar content causes bacteria to multiply even faster. Limiting the amount of sugar in your diet will help keep oral bacteria at bay.
Schedule Biannual Visits
At regular dental exams, Dr. Romay can detect early signs of dental problems like tooth decay or gum disease before they worsen. She can also use x-rays to see if your tooth structures are healthy. Our dental hygienists use special dental tools during dental cleanings that provide a deep clean.
Stay Hydrated and Eat Well
Many fruits and vegetables are crunchy and chewy and promote saliva production. Saliva washes away food particles, plaque, and bacteria. Staying hydrated also helps your mouth produce saliva, so you should always drink water when you’re thirsty and stay away from drinking sugary juices and sodas.
Common Dental Problems
There are several dental issues that often arise from not maintaining good oral hygiene:
Gum Disease: When you don’t floss often enough, your gums can become sensitive and plaque can build up between teeth. In severe cases of gum disease, patients may lose their teeth because of receding gums.
Crooked and Misaligned Teeth: Plaque and bacteria can buildup between crooked teeth, which is why patients with crooked teeth are more likely to develop gum disease and other oral health problems.
Missing Teeth: If you do not replace your missing tooth or teeth, the remaining teeth may shift and cause overcrowding. Because crooked and overcrowded teeth are difficult to clean, they can cause gum disease or tooth decay.